June 27, 2014: Education News We're Reading This Week

extraJune 27, 2014—Here is what’s new in education news this week.

In case you missed it, a “letter to the editor” by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s vice president of programs, Emily Froimson, was published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Ms. Froimson was responding to an article titled “The $6 Solution” published a week earlier.

A new study by The Brookings Institution has been making quite a stir this week. The report’s authors conclude that “typical borrowers are no worse off now than they were a generation ago.”

Inside Higher Ed‘s Doug Lederman summarizes a few responses to the study, and The Awl flat-out disagrees.

An article by Vox delves into “9 things people get wrong about student debt,” using additional studies to clarify.

The New York Times also weighs in, urging readers to separate reality from cliche when discussing the issue.

Harvard analysis shows a “non-decline” in liberal arts colleges, reports Inside Higher Ed.

Examine the Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency (FAST) Act with the National College Access Network. The proposed legislation is intended to increase postsecondary completion rates in the U.S.

Finally, U.S. News & World Report offers tips to make the most of your community college experience.